As per a previous post I bought 'The Obree Way' by Graeme Obree.
There are paper-back editions of the book (http://www.obree.com/store.php
) which are the same sort of size and format as Privateer, cost is around £30.00 plus post. It is also available in iTunes and Amazon for about £6.00 and can be viewed with a free download Kindle viewer.
So, 'The Obree Way'. In short, for £6.00 (or £4.00 as it cost on the early-bird launch) I was to say the least, very happy with the book. It covers a great deal about bike training in a manner that is easy to read and understand. It covers physical prep, mental prep, measuring your efforts, nutrition, breathing, pedaling. It does the lot and it doesn't have a printed, rigid training regime in there for you to follow.
The book is more directed at cycle racers or perhaps the sort of people who like to look at verifiable numbers to determine that they are improving their fitness or speed, and not just checking out their latest Strava KOM's (moi? shurely shome mishtake). Its also good because it asks you to perform unusual and cruel surgery on your Turbo Trainer (but bad because it then asks you to use
said Turbo trainer). It is also one of the more enthusiastic books I have read.
Finally, the main thing about the book is, its accessible. Obree is famous for making his name on a bike constructed out of old spares, making him a World Champion.
The book therefore does not ask you to go and buy an SRM or expect you to join a Gym, buy lots of supplements or do anything more than own a bike, eat heathily, learn to breathe, pedal and, well, yeah, there is the Turbo Trainer bit... But I can forgive him that
Best £4 quid I spent in a long time.*
*OK, I bought the paper based one too
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Obree-Way-e ... 091&sr=8-1